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Philadelphia Police Released Surveillance Video Of Car Allegedly Involved In Fatal Shooting Of Pregnant Woman

Jessica Covington was gunned down as she unloaded gifts from her baby shower in November. Both she and her unborn baby were killed in what police call a "targeted" attack.

By Constance Johnson
Jessica Covington Suspect Pd

Police have released surveillance video of the car allegedly used by the suspect in the fatal shooting of a 32-year-old woman and her unborn child in Philadelphia late last year.

Jessica Covington was unloading gifts from her baby shower when was she shot in the stomach and the head in what police are calling a “targeted” attack on Nov. 20.

Covington, seven months pregnant, was rushed to the hospital but died. Her baby was pronounced dead minutes later.

A 1999 to 2004 Cadillac Seville, light in color with distinct black trim at the bottom of the vehicle’s frame, is seen in the video.

Police said the car arrived on the scene about 10 minutes before the shooting.

Afterward, it was since traveling southbound on Tabor Road toward Adams Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia.

Police are urging anyone who spots the car not to approach it, but to call 911 immediately.

A $50,000 reward is being offered to anyone that provides information that leads to an arrest.

Covington’s murder came as the city was fast approaching a record number of homicides.

"This heinous crime has sent shock waves throughout the country, and also highlights the intentional lack of regard that we are seeing for humanity,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement. “And worse, all of this comes at a time when we are approaching another grim milestone. Soon, we will reach, and almost certainly surpass, 500 homicides in our beautiful city.”

She later added: This unconscionable loss of life is almost too much to bear. On its own, 500 lives cut short is a staggering number. “But whatever the final total, what this number can never truly show are the thousands of other lives impacted by sudden and tragic loss.”

Days after the shooting, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that police were interviewing a suspect, but authorities would not reveal the identity.

District Attorney Larry Krasner said during a news conference that the murder made him “sick,” the newspaper reported.

Krasner said that it was “very likely,” that whoever was charged would face two counts of murder for Covington and her baby.

“She was just so happy,” Teesh Adams told the Inquirer. “This was the only way they could take away her joy.”

“She was super excited to be a mom,” childhood friend Jivonna Taggert told the newspaper.

Other friends described Covington as the “life of the party.”